VMware releases the vCenter Server Appliance ISO image, which contains GUI and CLI installers for the vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller appliance.

With the GUI and CLI executable files that are included in the vCenter Server Appliance installer, you can:

Deploy the vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller appliance.

Upgrade the vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller appliance.

Migrate Windows installations of vCenter Server, vCenter Single Sign-On, and Platform Services Controller to the vCenter Server Appliance and Platform Services Controller appliance.

Restore a vCenter Server Appliance from a file-based backup.

Create a My VMware account at https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/.

Verify that your client machine meets the system requirements for the vCenter Server Appliance installer. See System Requirements for the vCenter Server Appliance Installer.

1

From the VMware Web site at https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/downloads, download the vCenter Server Appliance ISO image.

VMware-VCSA-all-version_number-build_number.iso

2

Confirm that the md5sum is correct.

See the VMware Web site topic Using MD5 Checksums at http://www.vmware.com/download/md5.html.

3

Mount or extract the ISO image to the client machine from which you want to deploy, upgrade, migrate, or restore the appliance.

Note

ISO mounting or extracting software that does not allow more than eight directory levels, for example, MagicISO Maker on Windows, is unsupported.

For Linux OS and Mac OS, Archive Manager is unsupported.

For Mac OS, you can use DiskImageMounter.

For Ubuntu 14.04, you can use Disk Image Mounter.

For SUSE 12 OS, you can use the terminal.

$ sudo mkdir mount_dir
$ sudo mount -o loop VMware-vCSA-all-version_number-build_number.iso mount_dir

Open the readme.txt file and review the information about the other files and directories in the vCenter Server Appliance ISO image.